Delray Named Finalist For All-America City Award

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Staff report

Delray Beach is a finalist for the All-America City Award.

The news came just after the city was named a “Pacesetter Community” by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for its success in elevating school readiness, school attendance and summer learning of city school-aged children.

The city was selected by the National Civic League as a finalist. The award, presented to 12 communities annually, celebrates and recognizes those that exemplify outstanding civic accomplishments. This year, the National Civic League and CGLR will shine a light on communities that have made measurable progress for low-income children on key drivers of early reading success including: school readiness, school attendance, summer learning and grade-level reading.

The city joined the national call to action by the CGLR network in 2012 after learning that only 36 percent of its children attending a Title I school read on grade level by the third grade. Over the past five years, the city along with its community partners, have made significant progress by implementing many different strategies to support the children and families in the community to change academic outcomes.

“Recognizing Pacesetters is CGLR’s way of applauding the civic leaders, organizations and agencies that have joined forces with our teachers and school administrators to build brighter futures for the children in their communities,” said Mayor Cary Glickstein. “I could not be more proud of the many participants and organizations that have helped promote these critically important programs for Delray’s next generation.”

As part of the final stage of the competition, a community delegation will present the city’s story before a jury of national civic experts on June 14-16 in Denver, Colorado. Twenty-seven  communities are competing for the designation. If Delray wins, it will be the third time.

For a complete listing of all finalists and more about the All-America City Award, visit www.nationalcivicleague.org.